Weekly Snap! 

  
Bliss. This is bliss to me. Saturday evening by independence square. 

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What I like to do on weekends

Sometimes I feel like the weekend flies by too soon. Then again, Saturday and Sunday tends to be kind of slow days too at times. It’s hard to really put a nail on it but oh well! It’s the weekend, Saturday is pretty much over for poor ol’ me in Sri Lanka and here comes Sunday.

Earl Grey, Mandarin and Honey iced tea
Earl Grey, Mandarin and Honey iced tea

I’ve realized that I love planning out my Saturdays. Usually I plan a lunch date with my friends or my husband because he doesn’t come home for lunch during the week. Lunch is usually at a favourite spot like the t-lounge by Dilmah or Coco Veranda. I have to almost always order an iced tea for myself because that has been my favourite drink for the past couple of months now. T-lounge actually introduces a bunch of new varieties every month so there’s always something new to try and it never gets old or boring for me. At Coco, it’s the quality of food and incomparable hospitality that I love and keeps me going back so often. Once lunch is over, I like doing a bit of shopping (mostly the window shopping kind). It allows me to ‘do something’ with my time between afternoon and evening and Colombo is swarming with so many new places and shopping outlets so there’s always some place new to check out. At the moment, the Arcade Independence Square is one of my favourite spots to spend a little time.

Other times, I LOVE going to Mondy because they always have clothes that fit me so perfectly and the choices are so chic. Another place I have been kind of loving is Cotton Collection. I got myself these oh so comfortable pants and I cannot seem to stop wearing them at home.

Independence Arcade
Independence Arcade

Since the weather has been a bit chilly for the past week or so, it’s lovely driving by Galle Face Green and also towards the Kotte side of the city. The sea breeze and calm blue ocean relaxes me as does lush greenery on the other side of Colombo. If the weather wasn’t so unpredictable, I’d actually enjoy a walk by Victoria Park or Independence Square. Unfortunately, Mother Earth is showing rain at random moments throughout the day so a walk is out of the question.

My husband tends to take an short nap after lunch, so I am to myself for a good hour or so by evening time. I love this time because it allows me to do a little bit of cleaning and tidying up in the room. I also make use of this time to catch up on some YouTube makeup video blogs. I’m so fascinated by how beautiful some women look but a bit disheartened by the ton of makeup products used on their face. How much makeup is too much? I personally do not use any foundation, concealer or BB cream so I honestly wouldn’t know how to answer this. My go-to makeup is a good kohl kajal or thick eyeliner and a good colour lip balm or soft matte lip cream. That’s just about it. Anything more than that for a casual day out is torture for me. I cannot for the life of me imagine applying a whole load of other makeup on my face, going out and then coming back home only to take hours to remove everything I had earlier applied on. No way is that happening!

At night, my husband and I love going out to dinner. When we come back, it’s movie night! This weekend we watched the Sex Tape which I kind of expected to be pretty funny and entertaining but was actually a bit of a let down. I guess I expected more but…. the screenplay and storyline could have been a lot better for sure.

As always, Sunday remains unplanned to some extent. I don’t always have good Sundays somehow. Something almost always goes wrong and puts me in a sour mood. Last weekend it was an awful tummy gas attack. The following weekend it was something else. Pfft! And as much as I love going out, I also love quality time at home and this is something my husband doesn’t always understand. He’s quite outgoing whereas I would take some time to settle down and be comfortable. So when I am in the mood for some home comfort, he finds me a little bit boring 😛

Sneaking a soft matte lip cream onto my personal collection :D
Sneaking a soft matte lip cream onto my personal collection 😀

I also run a little in-house business of my own where I get down makeup and cosmetics from the US and UK and sell them online to locals so I tend to have some customers come by to take a look at what I have in stock on Sundays. Mornings usually. I’ve been doing this for the past two years and I must say, I really enjoy it 🙂 I have had rough days doing this (some customers can be a bit demanding ha!) but overall, it does keep me happy. On both the plus and negative side of doing this, I get to shop online (yay) and bust a lot of cash (nay).

Occasionally I like to pick up a good book. This I like to do when my husband isn’t around because he bullies and disturbs me constantly. Ha ha, he isn’t a bad husband, just one seeking a bit of attention 😛 I like peace and quiet when I am reading so I do this when he’s off at work on a Saturday morning or when he’s taking a nap. The last book I read was over the last weekend and it was Gone Girl. No, I haven’t had the chance of watching the movie yet but I will soon. To those who have read and watched this, holy freaking hellllllll what in the world is the matter with that woman? And why in the world are they even together in the end? There’s a lot of things I don’t understand but it was a hell of an awesome read! Sorry for the spoiler to those who haven’t read it or watch it 😀

At this very moment, the weather is oh so lovely in the city of Colombo. My husband and I just drove around for a bit and got home – he straight to the bed for a nap, and me at my laptop and a book nearby. How have you been enjoying you’re weekend?

Xoxo

Monochrome Challenge!

I love tags on Instagram that challenge you to post a variety of images. This past weekend, I was challenged by a good friend to participate in a monochrome challenge for five days. Five images, five days and in turn to tag five persons to do the same.

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Day 1 – The Barefoot Gallery; one of my favourite places to visit every month
Day 2 - New spa goodies!
Day 2 – New spa goodies!
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Day 3 – The National Archives (side view)

 

Day 4 - Independence Arcade
Day 4 – Independence Arcade
Day 5 - My personal in-house business :)
Day 5 – My personal in-house business 🙂

If you haven’t been challenged, this is me officially tagging you to post five images for five days!

Xoxo

 

Independence Square

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Independence Square at night

This is Independence Square at night. Famously known for being the symbol of independence since the year 1948 (duh) it is also widely known for some if its historic features. The impeding statue at the frontier is that of D.S. Senanayake. Whilst he played a very significant role in striving for independence of my country he was also a humble Prime Minister with five years of service. 
The grand structure behind his statue resembles that of a royal building found in Kandy. This is a mere replica. Built out of carved rock, the top parts of each pillar on the interior features historic tales of the struggles and victories Sri Lanka has faced in the past. 

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The grand structure

Beneath this edifice lies an Independence Memorial Museum. Surprisingly, not many locals are aware of this fact. It is open during the week between 9am and 5pm.

Once a nearly isolated site in the heart of Colombo, after much refurbishment and development, today the grounds are frequented by joggers, families and students who use the area for recreational purposes. Exercise groups, kids with their bikes and cycles, students tagging along their books and the occasional tourist are now a common sight. 

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Joggers even late into the day

Part of the area around Independence Square is still being developed so stay tuned for more updates in the future! Xoxo